But you play guitar and percussion, that's not very practical
when plating live. Who plays drums?
Sc:We run sequencers when we play live, so basically we have
everything recorded onto disc. We run a lot of extra keyboard tracks as well. On
average we probably have about 10 digital tracks per song, then the live guitar,
bass, vocals, and more live keyboards that Jimmy plays.
S:That sounds interesting.. I mean Id love to see you guys live.
Are there any touring plans?
Sc:Not right now. With the last cd we had to refuse a lot of shows
due to college and job obligations. We sometimes play locally right now.
S: Are you in college? Where is locally?
Sc:Yeah, constantly. I've got a major in computer programming but I'm
probably looking at switching and going back to finish my art degree so I can
teach. Locally is Southwestern Missouri.
S:Ooh that's interesting , what kind of art do you focus on?
Sc:A little of everything really. I switch around between acrylic
painting, charcoal drawings, fine detailed ink drawing, and often combine all
that into collage work. Then I can further enhance it with computer graphics
now. I'm a bit of a photoshop addict.
S:Acrylics are kind of tricky, I like collages and
Sc:Acrylic is definitely kind of difficult because it dries so
S:yeah, but the oils are sooo slow
Sc:I can't do oils because I have this thing where I rest my hand on
whatever I'm painting, and I smudge oils too easily.
S:charcoal is not exactly a "clean" medium
Sc:No, but it's made for smudging and blending and it's damn great
for getting out frustrations.
S:yes, and then you scratch you eye and its sore and red for a
Sc:Yeah, I've done that. I think my eyes are pretty used to getting
paint and charcoal in them at this point.
S:So do you have anything on the internet?
Sc:I have stuff here and there. I can send you some files if you
S:yeah, that would be nice. How has this new album being
Sc:The album is doing pretty well I guess. It's been strange lately
because suddenly there are a bunch of new reviews and interviews. The album has
been out for something like 9 months. This happened with our first cd too. It's
very cool because we try to make this music have longevity.
S:that's great, I bought it when it came out, but I only recently
started writing for harm so I really didn't have any good reason for an
interview until a couple of weeks ago..
S: The album has allot of religious images in it, why is that? It
was weird seeing the infant of Prague in there..
Sc:We all have an interest in religion and spirituality. It's always
been a subject in our lyrics and it plays a huge part in the concept being
played out in this album. I would say we're spiritual people, but certainly not
into any mainstream religions.
S:What kind of religions?
Sc:christianity, catholicism... anything that doesn't let people think
S:oh ok, i meant what kind of religions are you into?
Sc:Oh, I would say we probably have most in common with very old
religions and people like the Druids and Celts, religions were nature and
natural law play an important part. There isn't any one thing any of us have
read that we would say, "That's the one. That's what I am."
S:There are things to be learned from all religions.You sort of
make up your own theory or philosophy taking something from each
Sc:Basically. Foremost we're about creating our own ideas first. If
we read something that is along similar theories, that's great too. I'm a big
advocate of doing your own thing and being yourself.
S:can I ask how old r u?
Sc:I turn 28 tomorrow.
S:well happy birthday then, its almost twelve here
Sc:Yeah, I was born at about 7 in the morning. I'm a proud Virgo.
S:DId you do the site?
Sc:Yeah, I've done our website since day one when I barely knew more
than one line of html. I still don't feel its complete but its hard to find
enough time to get everything on it that I want.
S:well, looks like you have learned allot. I like the main menu,
with the lobes.. its an interesting idea, makes allot of sense
Sc:Thanks. I thought it was a good idea anyway. I do a site for the
artist, Dan Seagrave, too. That's at www.geocities.com/danseagrave It's in need
of some major updates though.
S:I think the site is good,
Sc:I just got our band site updated last week, so I haven't had much
S:well, I posted it on the site so hopefully more people will see
S: Did you also do the photography on the album?
Sc:Yeah, I did some of it and did the layout for it all. Some of the
photos are much older than me and were taken by my grandmother, and a few others
by a friend.
S:you have some good pictures there.. Who is the girl in the
Sc:A close friend of mine who allowed me to use the pics.
S:so the cuts are real?
Sc:Some are, some aren't. The whole layout was a really long process.
I knew I wanted to use some of the photos way back when our first cd was out.
S:It's good, i like the railroad bridge with the angel
Sc:Yeah, I like that one too.
S:I saw in your site that you guys have a lot of literary
interests. Who are your favorite authors?
Sc:I'm kind of stuck on the classics - Dante, Ovid. I like a lot of
poets like Rimbaud and Baudellaire. I actually like a bit of Emily Dickinson too
because she wrote a lot of brilliant poems about death and dying that are
extremely in tune... Jimmy reads a lot about composers and music theory. Both
Jimmy and I are into Anne Rice. Jerry reads all kinds of cool stuff. I never
know what he'll come up.
S: ever read the death of ivan ilych? by tolstoy.. its the best
piece on death ive ever read
Sc: Not yet, but I'll make a note of it.
S: I like Anne Rice.. she has good stuff
Sc: Anne Rice is great reading for musicians and artists in
S: yes, i agree, there is just something about lestat and
Sc: I just love the fact that she's able to describe art and music so
accurately, and detail the various time periods. The vampires are of little
importance when it comes to the pictures she describes.
S: Its like a history lesson, but i do enjoy her vampires...
Sc: Yeah, and it's great because it isn't history that's forced down
S: No. Could you briefly describe the bands song writing
Sc: The writing process is different for Jimmy and I. He will go off
and write an entire song in one long sitting, then give it to me to write
guitars for. I usually write one or two riffs at a time, then just sort of wait
till I have enough and piece them together. Once everything is arranged, it's
just a long process of practicing to get them right. It probably takes at least
3 months before one of our songs is what we'd consider fairly tight. Writing
lyrics is the opposite for me though because I write a set of lyrics all at
once. I wrote the first four songs' lyrics of The Immortality Murder in one
S: Well its not hard to imagine, the songs seem to have a very
progressive flow, which takes more time to accomplish.
Sc: It's probably somewhat unorthodox. We never see each other except
when a song is done. We go weeks without speaking to each other.
S: So, are you writing any new material?
Sc: Yeah, I'm working on 3 songs right now. Once I get them together
we'll begin regular rehearsals again.
S: How long did it take the band to record the Immortality
Sc: We recorded and mixed the whole thing in a week. It was ridiculous
to do it that quickly, but that's all the money we were allowed.
S: oh ok, and how about the writing?
Sc: Something like 2.5 years I think.
S: So it will be a while before we see anything new
Sc: Yeah, you're looking at a pretty good wait. This one might even
take longer than the last one. I want it to be bigger and better and much more
detailed. It's going to be a full concept album, so there's a lot of more
careful calculation that has to be done.
S: i think that's the best way to go, most bands these days seem
to go from good to ok to horrible
Sc: A year is too short a time to write and record a whole album.
That's why most of the stuff coming out, it all sounds the same from cd to cd. A
band needs time to think and progress.
S: Ill be waiting then, sounds very good
Sc: We're not the kind of band that has such a massive following that
we need to put out anything less than our absolute best. Our fans are highly
important to me and I want to give them my best.
S: oh ok, great, so Im out of questions.. is there anything youd
like to add, or say, or i don't know, anything else..
Sc: I'd just encourage your readers to check out our music. If you're
looking for something epic, technically complex and highly involving, then we're
for you. People can buy the cds from The End Records and most other major metal
S: Ok, so thanks allot,
Sc: Thanks to you as well. Nice talking with you Melissa.
S: it was great talking to you too,
S: good night